It costs a lot less than you think.
The Toyota Land Cruiser is one of the most famous SUVs in history. Although it can be traced back to a reverse-engineered US Army Jeep that the Imperial Japanese Army recovered in the Philippines in 1941, Toyota has since made the Land Cruiser its own unique vehicle compared to today's Jeep Wrangler. It's anything but retro. And like most Toyotas, it has an impeccable reputation for reliability and durability. It's not uncommon to see owners driving them for years relatively problem-free. But owners don't just drive their Land Cruisers around town: off-road adventures are also part of the experience.
With proper maintenance, even the hardest used vehicles can last for decades. But sometimes, a major component, such as the engine, gives out. The rest of the vehicle can be just fine, so why have it totaled? Just swap in a new engine, or have the current one undergo a serious overhaul. The latter was done to this 1996 Land Cruiser FJ80 up for sale.
The FJ80 generation dates back to 1990 and remained in production until 2008. It wasn't unusual for Toyota to package it slightly differently for certain markets. For example, in some South American countries, there was a bare-bones version with vinyl upholstery and optional air conditioning and a more expensive luxury-focused version. In the US, all FJ80s came with full-time 4WD while a part-time system was offered elsewhere.
Like previous Land Cruisers, the FJ80 had more than one engine option, including both gasoline and diesel, though all were inline-six units. Unlike today's Land Cruiser, there was no V8 available. In North America, only the inline-six gasoline engines were offered, starting with a 4.0-liter good for 150 horsepower and 214 lb-ft of torque. Later in its production life, a 4.5-liter inline-six arrived rated at a healthier 212 hp and 275 lb-ft of torque and paired to a four-speed automatic transmission.
This '96 FJ80, which happens to be up for sale on Craigslist in the Los Angeles area, is still going strong despite its 219,000 miles. The ad states there are 219 miles on the odometer, but the seller obviously means 219k as the engine was overhauled at 160,000 miles. There are no transmission shifting issues and it still runs great today.
Currently with its second owner, all regular maintenance was done on time and the results speak for themselves. The exterior looks amazing and a grille guard and roof rack have since been added.
The cabin generally looks to be in great condition as well. The air conditioner and heater work without a hitch. The price? Only $7,000. Clean registration and all. For anyone in search of the perfect Overland vehicle for their dream adventures to far away and hard to reach places, look no further.
Some think Overlanding requires a great deal of money for the right truck or SUV. This 24-year old Land Cruiser is proof that's not the case.